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Travel Treasure – Slovak Folk Crafts

If the first, second, and third rules of starting a successful retail business are location, location, and location then the Slovak Folk Crafts store will close within the hour.  Located near (but in the opposite direction) as the Grove City Prime Outlet mall near Grove City, PA the small store features a selection of “Slovak” arts and craft items.  My favorite are the hand decorated Easter eggs or psyanky as we called it.  We learned to apply alternate layers of hot wax designs between dips of our eggs in different colors of dye when I was growing up.  The Slovak Folk Craft Store offers a wider variety of decorated eggs hand crafted in the “old country.” 

Travel Treasure – The Original Oyster House

There are still a few iconic restaurants in Pittsburgh that I enjoy. They are not the fancy, five-star tablecloth joints, but the kind of places that attract all types of people. Karma led me to one today that I had not been to in probably a decade. I had the dubious task of getting tires on one of our company vehicles. There were some “issues” with what work needed to be done and since our service approvals are centralized I was captive until the issue was resolved and the repairs complete.

Travel Treasure – Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

Nestled in Pittsburgh’s famed Strip District is Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor. So what’s the big deal about another ice cream joint? Originally opened as a pharmacy in 1923 it also provided a place where folks could buy drinks and treats. I actually remember a local “drug store” where I grew up that offered the same fare. The grandchildren of the original owners, James and Mary Klavon, reopened the store a number of years ago. They serve food, but the main attraction is the soda fountain and ice cream.

Travel Treasure – Desert Flower

I have had many occasions recently to travel along Lincoln’s Highway (Rt. 30) on my way to visit Gettysburg.  I love the history of the place and have been taken with the majesty of the battlefield for the past ten years and probably haven’t seen every monument yet. 

There is this place west of Gettysburg on Route 30 that has this huge rooster that I’ve always admired.  When you look at the other statues they are to scale, but that rooster is something else.  I have always threatened my wife that I was going to buy that for our yard.  It makes me smile every time that I drive by…I don’t know why exactly; it just looks fun.  I have probably driven past Desert Flower Wholesale, Inc. at least fifty times and beside my rooster buddy it more or less looked like any other yard monuments store, although tremendously larger.

Travel Treasure – Byzantine Seminary Press

I travel a little and often come across unique places.  Many are duds, some are interesting, but some are stunning and cool.  This series is about the stunners. 

I didn’t have to travel very far for this one.  I first discovered it after my Father passed away in 2004.  I was looking for some mementos for my children to remember him by and to commemorate his life.  He was always proud of his Byzantine heritage (yes we are Catholics too) and I wanted to get each of them a cross to be blessed by his priest during the memorial services.  Our Byzantine cross is different from the one used in the Roman Catholic church in that it includes the place where Jesus’ feet were and the sign that was hung mocking him (see photo – the Byzantine cross is on left).  Most religious stores do not sell these crosses.